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August 1, 1987 | By LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writer
The 14-year-old stepdaughter of Downingtown Police Chief Daniel Heliker was abducted at gunpoint and sexually assaulted yesterday before being released in a nearby state park, borough police said. The girl was seized by a man with a pistol about 3:20 p.m. from Kerr Park in Downingtown and was taken by car to Marsh Creek State Park in Upper Uwchlan Township, where she was assaulted, police said. She then walked to a nearby swimming pool and got a ride to her grandparents' home in Downingtown, police said.
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May 4, 2011 | Minneapolis Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS - A Coon Rapids, Minn., man went to suburban Detroit and fatally shot his 20-year-old stepdaughter because she left Minnesota to live with her father and was not adhering to Muslim customs, police said yesterday. Rahim A. Alfetlawi, 45, was charged Monday in Warren, Mich., with first-degree murder and remains jailed without bond. Alfetlawi is accused of killing Jessica Mokdad with a single gunshot to the head Saturday afternoon in her grandmother's home. Mokdad attended Coon Rapids High School and was on the honor roll in fall 2009.
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February 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LUIS GONZALEZ ruled his Philadelphia family with fear and fists. He often beat his wife and forced his daughter and stepdaughter to watch the brutal assaults. That wasn't the worst of it. Gonzalez, 41, also repeatedly raped his stepdaughter between 2000 and 2009, starting when she was 8 years old. On one occasion, Gonzalez raped the girl in front of his then-8-year-old biological daughter. Gonzalez's reign of terror officially ended Friday, when a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of raping the stepdaughter.
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May 17, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 61-year-old man testified he was inside his West Philadelphia home when his stepdaughter's boyfriend became violent on Feb. 2. Charles D. Johnson, a retired press operator, said he pulled a gun and shot and killed James Bosewell, 24, a cook, because he thought Bosewell was "going to kill me. " "He rushed me," Johnson, of Poplar Street near 38th, said yesterday. "I jumped back as far as I could go and hit the table. I shot my best friend's son. " Johnson said that a few minutes before the killing, Bosewell argued with his stepdaughter.
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July 16, 2003 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Noting that he expressed no remorse after a jury convicted him of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter, a judge yesterday sentenced a former Philadelphia police officer to 11 to 22 years in prison. Common Pleas Court Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper told 41-year-old Lenwood Burke that his actions were "inexcusable" and that he had violated the trust of his young stepdaughter. The victim testified that Burke began sexually assaulting her when she was 8 years old. She said the assaults continued until she was 17, when she incorrectly believed that Burke had made her pregnant and came forward.
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January 21, 1995 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
Eric Stafford claimed he was teaching the two 13-year-old girls about sex, but he gave them a lesson from hell. And yesterday, Stafford, 27, of West Philadelphia, was sent to jail by Common Pleas Judge John Chiovero after a jury convicted him of sexually abusing his stepdaughter and his niece over a number of months. Assistant District Attorney Karen McRory said Stafford began his "lessons" with his stepdaughter whenever her mother was not at home, instructing her on sex by forcing her to engage in numerous sexual activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | Carolyn Hax
Question: Father helped send two sons to law school, though they have student loan debt they'll be paying for decades. Father has much younger stepdaughter. The sons are not particularly close with father's "new" family. Stepdaughter plans to go to medical school. Sons suspect that financial support for her will be greater than they received. Should they insist the stepdaughter receive the same? Less? Don't sons have right to better treatment? Answer: Ugh, no. First of all, "sons suspect" is not the same thing as "sons know," so treating suspicions as actionable facts is a bad idea to begin with.
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September 19, 1996 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Early this year, Charles Gallagher - a then-unemployed drug addict who smoked $500 worth of marijuana a month - was sentenced to 14 to 28 years in jail for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter and two nieces. Yesterday, Gallagher, 37, came to Delaware County Court to ask for leniency. He said he wanted to get better and be set free. Courts across the country are grappling with how to deal with sex offenders. The concerns include: Can they be successfully treated? Are they themselves victims of an illness they have trouble controlling?
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April 29, 2011 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I have a high school-age stepdaughter with whom I have almost nothing in common. She lives with her mother, and we see her about once a week for dinner. Her interests are pop culture (TV, YouTube, movies, what the stars are doing) and fashion/beauty/shopping. She has no hobbies, history of employment, sports, or any other activity outside school. I try to ask about her classes, but she inevitably says they did nothing in them, they are boring, and the conversation stops. When I push it and try to ask something specific, like, "What time period are you studying in history?"
NEWS
November 15, 1994 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An elderly man who had been unable to communicate his name since he was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital three weeks ago has been identified as a Delaware County man whose wife died two weeks ago. A hospital spokeswoman said a stepdaughter of Clayborn Lyon positively identified him Sunday after reading in The Inquirer about the mysterious "John Doe" patient. It remains unknown exactly how Lyon, 72, of Chester, made his way from his stepdaughter's home in Sharon Hill to the corner of Front and Godfrey Streets, where police found him wandering before dawn on Oct. 25, wearing only a sweater.
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February 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abused by her husband, fearing threats against her children, Margarita Garabito told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday that she begged her 10-year-old stepdaughter to tell her teachers about the physical abuse that would result in her death. "I did tell her. I told her to save herself," Garabito, 48, responded to a question from Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano. Notaristefano seemed stunned by the answer: "So you told a 10-year-old girl to save herself, but you couldn't do it?"
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February 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia homicide detective testified Thursday about a pivotal moment when, she says, accused child-killer Margarita Garabito admitted hitting her 10-year-old stepdaughter in the head with a metal broom handle. It was late afternoon on Oct. 21, 2009, Detective Norma Serrano told the Common Pleas Court jury hearing Garabito's murder trial, and she was talking with Garabito in a homicide interview room at police headquarters. Serrano was there, she told the jury, because she spoke fluent Spanish and Garabito did not speak English.
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February 8, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denise McGovern remembered at least five times in which she asked that Margarita Garabito send her stepdaughter to a doctor for a physical exam. Teachers told McGovern, the nurse at Feltonville Intermediate School, that Charlenni Ferreira had trouble walking. She could not keep pace with other students. The school nurse stapled an additional paper to the school-mandated physical form, asking that a doctor examine Ferreira's hip and hobbled gait. She wanted Ferreira, a 10-year-old fifth grader, to undergo physical therapy.
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November 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Destiny Rivera, age 10, was a picture of poise as she clambered into the witness box Tuesday and promised to tell the truth. Then defense lawyer Jack McMahon asked what she wanted to tell the Philadelphia jury weighing whether to sentence her stepfather, Axel Barreto, to death by lethal injection. "Please don't make him die, please," said Destiny, her face falling, the tears streaming. "He's always been there for everybody. " It was a long, mournful day as a Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women heard evidence to decide whether to sentence Barreto, 32, to death or life in prison without parole.
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February 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LUIS GONZALEZ ruled his Philadelphia family with fear and fists. He often beat his wife and forced his daughter and stepdaughter to watch the brutal assaults. That wasn't the worst of it. Gonzalez, 41, also repeatedly raped his stepdaughter between 2000 and 2009, starting when she was 8 years old. On one occasion, Gonzalez raped the girl in front of his then-8-year-old biological daughter. Gonzalez's reign of terror officially ended Friday, when a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of raping the stepdaughter.
NEWS
December 2, 2012
DOVER, Del. - The attorney for a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter said his client was in no hurry to go to trial. Lawyer Joe Hurley said he needed time to review materials provided by prosecutors and schedule a psychological exam for Melvin Morse. Hurley also said in court papers filed this week that the emotion and publicity surrounding Morse's August arrest should be allowed to subside. Hurley, who suggested a trial no sooner than April, also is seeking court approval for Morse to have supervised visits with his children.
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November 8, 2012
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment and assault. Melvin Morse entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday in Georgetown. Morse has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, a claim he denies. Morse was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment.
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September 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I am hoping for a resolution beyond the typical "walk away" or "accept. " I remarried 12 years ago. We are retired and ought to be able to travel or lead a life of our choosing. My wife and I have a great relationship when we are away, but traveling is becoming less frequent due to a growing situation. When in town, my wife, her unmarried 35-year-old stepdaughter from a previous marriage, and the stepdaughter's 5-year-old son have a relationship that barely includes me. The ex-stepdaughter has a good career, and enjoys leading a life that rarely includes her son. My wife enables this by caring for the child whenever asked, and often in our home.
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August 16, 2012 | By Randall Chase, Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - A pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his 11-year-old stepdaughter by "waterboarding" her, police said in court documents. The possible link between Melvin Morse's research and the waterboarding allegations was revealed in an affidavit for a search warrant for Morse's computers. The document was obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press. According to the affidavit, Morse brought the girl "to a possible near-death state from the simulation of drowning.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | Carolyn Hax
Question: Father helped send two sons to law school, though they have student loan debt they'll be paying for decades. Father has much younger stepdaughter. The sons are not particularly close with father's "new" family. Stepdaughter plans to go to medical school. Sons suspect that financial support for her will be greater than they received. Should they insist the stepdaughter receive the same? Less? Don't sons have right to better treatment? Answer: Ugh, no. First of all, "sons suspect" is not the same thing as "sons know," so treating suspicions as actionable facts is a bad idea to begin with.
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